Spring has finally arrived and with warmer temperatures came a flurry of announcements and events showcasing Québec’s international actions related to climate change, clean energy, and the development of Québec’s northern region.
I would first like to highlight the Québec Summit on Climate Change. Held in April, the Summit affirmed Québec’s leadership in the fight against climate change. Québec contributed to the establishment of the first carbon market operated by federated states of multiple countries. The evolution of the Western Climate Initiative is well on its way and the joint auctions have thus far been a great success. Furthermore, the province of Ontario announced last week its desire to integrate this carbon market; a decision enthusiastically welcomed by Québec!
In New England, we cannot talk about climate change without also addressing energy issues. This is why clean energy has been the focus of our actions this past month. Mr. Philippe Couillard, Premier of Québec, and Mr. Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, visited Vermont to attend the Power from the North conference, held by the University of Vermont and proudly supported by the Québec Delegation. This mission also allowed Québec to reinforce its cooperation with Vermont on issues related to the environment, trade and francophone affairs.
Finally, the Plan Nord, announced at the beginning of April, will enable the development of the vast potential of the province’s northern region in a comprehensive, integrated and responsible way.
Until next time,
Québec Delegate to New England